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Rudi's penalty claims checked

Rudi's penalty claims checked

Dundee United manager Peter Houston never had any intention of allowing latest signing Rudi Skacel to take a spot-kick against his former club Hearts.

The Terrors went out of the Scottish Communities League Cup 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra-time in their quarter-final at Tannadice last night.

"He wasn't upset. We spoke about it before. He knew about it," Houston told BBC Scotland. "I wasn't going to let him take a penalty. I don't think it would've been fair on him.

"I took Rudi out of it," he continued. "I thought it would be best with the guys who I know taking penalties and trust. I felt there would be less pressure on the players that have been here for a while."

Gary Mackay-Steven, John Rankin and Sean Dillon were all unsuccessful for the hosts during the shoot-out while Johnny Russell, Gavin Gunning, Brian McLean and Stuart Armstrong each found the net.

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